SNU Chorale Gets Ready for Tour in Russia, Estonia and Finland

Twenty-two Southern Nazarene University Chorale members along with their director, accompanist and four sponsors will depart for Moscow, Monday, May 20 at 8:00am, for an intensive nine-day concert tour through Russia, Estonia and Finland.

“I’m excited to be able to experience a different culture. Even more so, I look forward to sharing God with this starving country. They’re so hungry for something more,” senior Calvin Porterfield said.

The group will be working with the Nazarene missionaries in Russia, Chuck and Carla Sunberg, and will be the first group from the United States to sing in Tver, Russia at Tveskoj Pedagogicheskij College (Tver State Music Teachers College) for approximately 500 music students.

Many of the students are thrilled to see the historical markers in Russia, along with some who plan to make them. “I expect personal growth and an opportunity to share with other people,” sophomore Sarah Rose said. “I’m interested to see the interaction with others and see how I can tolerate the culture change. This trip will help me gain experience to possibly go on a short-term mission trip in the future.”

In total, the group will perform eight concerts and travel to five cities including Moscow, Tver, St. Petersburg, Tallinn, and Helsinki. Their concert material consists of all 20th century music with an emphasis on American folk music, early hymn tunes, spirituals and gospel music, Director Dr. Brent Ballweg said.

For more information about the SNU Chorale or their Russia tour, contact Dr. Brent Ballweg at 405.717.6245, bballweg@snu.edu, or visit http://home.snu.edu/~bballweg.fs/.